- attainment late 14c., "encroachment" (a sense now obsolete), from O.Fr. ataignement (Mod.Fr. atteignement), from ataindre; see ATTAIN (Cf. attain). Meaning "action of attaining" is from 1540s; sense of "that which is attained, personal accomplishment" dates from 1670s.
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attainment — UK US /əˈteɪnmənt/ noun [C or U] ► the act of achieving something, or something that is achieved: »The group s investment objectives include the attainment of long term capital growth. »attainment targets »a person s educational attainments → See … Financial and business terms
Attainment — At*tain ment, n. 1. The act of attaining; the act of arriving at or reaching; hence, the act of obtaining by efforts. [1913 Webster] The attainment of every desired object. Sir W. Jones. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is attained to, or obtained by … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
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attainment — accomplishment, *acquirement, acquisition … New Dictionary of Synonyms
attainment — [n] achievement, accomplishment acquirement, acquisition, arrival, completion, feat, finish, fulfillment, gaining, getting, obtaining, procurement, reaching, realization, reaping, securing, succeeding, winning; concept 706 Ant. failure, forfeit,… … New thesaurus
attainment — ► NOUN 1) the action of achieving. 2) an achievement … English terms dictionary
attainment — [ə tān′mənt] n. 1. an attaining or being attained 2. anything attained, as an acquired skill; accomplishment … English World dictionary
attainment — [[t]əte͟ɪnmənt[/t]] attainments 1) N UNCOUNT The attainment of an aim is the achieving of it. [FORMAL] ...the attainment of independence. Syn: achievement 2) N COUNT An attainment is a skill you have learned or something you have achieved.… … English dictionary
attainment — UK [əˈteɪnmənt] / US noun Word forms attainment : singular attainment plural attainments formal 1) [uncountable] the process of achieving an aim or particular level of success Salaries are based on the attainment of production targets. 2)… … English dictionary
attainment — at|tain|ment [əˈteınmənt] n formal 1.) [U] success in achieving something or reaching a particular level = ↑achievement ▪ a low level of educational attainment 2.) something that you have succeeded in achieving or learning, such as a skill =… … Dictionary of contemporary English